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Sex and sexual activities should be pleasurable and enjoyable. After sex, you should feel relaxed and satisfied. Any sensations of itching, tenderness and burning are all abnormal symptoms after sex.

Rough sex, changes in hormones, vaginal dryness, and infections are all factors that contribute to burning sensations after sex. Read on to learn how you can change your sexual routine to abolish these unpleasant sensations.

Stinging after sex

The most common cause of stinging after sex is dyspareunia. The vaginal tissues become more delicate than expected and are sensitive to damage. Stinging after sex occurs when there is excessive raw friction occurring during acts of sex. If you enjoy rough intercourse, you are even more susceptible to stinging after sexual acts.

To decrease friction (and continue to enjoy rough sex), you will need to apply lube products to your sexual acts. This will be essential for women who are prone to dryness during sex.

Most women would benefit from including lube in their sex routine. If you do not use it already, consider including it at your next hook-up session. You will last longer and feel more comfortable after the experience.

Burning sensation after sex

Experiencing burning sensations after sex is your body warning you that something is wrong. After sex, review any products or toys introduced into the sexual act.

Were you a little too zealous with toys? Are you reacting to any scented products used during intercourse? Did someone forget to wash their hands before engaging in sexy play? Any of these factors can irritate the vagina and lead to a burning sensation after sex.

Why does it burn when I pee after sex?

After you engage in sexual intercourse, you should pee within 45 minutes to reduce a urinary tract infection risk. During sex, the movement and friction in the pelvic region can push bacteria up your urethra. This bacteria does not typically enter this part of your body, and your body is unable to tolerate this uninvited guest.

The painful bacteria can trail up the urethra into your bladder and will cause an infection. Seeing blood in urine, combined with a burning sensation while peeing, are two common symptoms of a urinary tract infection. You will need antibiotics to treat this infection and should consult with your medical provider as soon as possible.

Why does lube burn?

Lube will burn if you are allergic to the ingredients in the product. If you are sensitive to products, avoid using any scented lubes. These additives can cause burning and will aggravate the delicate tissues of your vagina. Use water-soluble lube products whenever possible

Lack of sexual arousal 

Your date can be romantic and sexy, but when you enter the bedroom, things can quickly fizzle out. Sometimes there are no specific reasons why this happens. Your body refuses to enter a state of sexual arousal successfully.

Without this pivotal buildup, the body cannot produce its natural lubricant and the vagina will stay dry. It can be incredibly frustrating! As we know, a dry vagina is vulnerable to undesirable friction and can incur sensations of stinging and burning after sex.

Please do not try to push through these feelings and force yourself to engage in sexual intercourse. It will be significantly uncomfortable for you and can damage your vaginal walls.

Try to focus your attention on your partner or consider taking a break for the night. You can always try again later and experiment with different approaches to rekindle your sex life.

Fluctuating Hormones

In case you are unaware, our hormones run our bodies! When they are out of sync, we feel their absence deeply, especially during sex.

Throughout your menstrual cycle, your hormones will rapidly fluctuate and affect the dryness of your vagina. The same fluctuations affect women with perimenopause and menopause.

During these moments, your body decreases the total amount of testosterone produced. Inadequate levels of testosterone will increase vaginal dryness, and intercourse can be more challenging to enjoy. Without using lube, sex can be painful and will result in friction and stinging sensations after sex.

Medical Conditions

As well as fluctuating hormones during your menstrual cycle and womanhood, hormonal disorders will also impact your ability to stay wet during sex.

Women diagnosed with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and hypopituitarism will both produce lower levels of hormones responsible for wetness in the vagina.

A known side-effect of different chemo-based treatments will also decrease hormones available to increase wetness during sex. Many women rely on hormone replacement therapy to decrease this side-effect of medical treatments.

Is it Thrush?

Thrush can present with sensations of burning and stinging. The vulva and interior vaginal walls can feel excruciatingly itchy, with little to no relief. Thrush will cause a cottage-cheese like discharge with little to no odour. Thrush is different from Bacterial Vaginosis, which develops from a bacterial infection.

Your vagina will feel aggravated during bouts of Thrush. Engaging in sexual intercourse can further exacerbate the burning sensations and will increase your overall discomfort. While treating Thrush, abstain from sexual intercourse if possible. You will feel more comfortable as your vaginal flora restores itself.

There are many different possible reasons why you are experiencing burning or stinging after sex. The walls of the vagina are susceptible, and unpleasant sensations can feel amplified.

If you enjoy rough sex, you should consider adding lube to your sexual routine. If you are sensitive to lube products, use water-based options that are unscented. These products are very mild and still perform well.

If you are experiencing hormonally related vaginal dryness, consider meeting with your care provider to review your options. Hormone replacement therapy may be an appropriate option for you.

Continue to educate yourself on your body and learn the signs and symptoms of other common vaginal afflictions. Treating Thrush is simple and will significantly improve your quality of life.